One thing this election demonstrates for us is that our country is governed as a democracy and not a theocracy. Our president is beholden to the constitution and to the will of the people as opposed to the Bible and the will of God. When we try to enforce theocratic ideals on a democratic process the system produces only frustration and division. My Christian friends, like you, I want our elected leaders to be ethical and ideally uphold Christian values. However, I understand that it is not the duty of our president to be our moral leaders. That is the role of the church. Let us not abdicate our responsibility to be a light to our country and to the world and relinquish that role to our legislators.
Some might argue that our country was founded on Christian beliefs and values. I challenge the authenticity of that assertion. No man can serve two masters; he will love one and hate the other. One of the fundamental traits of Christianity is the subjugation of one’s will to the will of God. The prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray adjures us to petition for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Since childhood, I’ve prayed that prayer, but as an adult I realize that it is impossible for that to happen within the constructs of a democratic society. The will of the people ideally prevails therein. This liberty is antithetical to Christian ideals, yet forms the basis of our governing society and constitution. In this vein, it is fallacy to believe that our country was truly founded on Christian principles. It was nothing more than the lip service that was given to Jesus by the Pharisees, who honored God with their mouths, but their hearts were far from him.
Too many Christians are so easily swayed to vote for a particular candidate because he or she espouses a single Christian morale. Do you not read the Bible? Have you not learned that morality cannot be legislated? The law written of God himself was nullified because it was weak and ineffective to produce uprightness. The law of man is even more weak and ineffective! As Christians, the way we effect lasting change is by discipling those who practice immorality – not condemning them but by loving them with the love that compels them to Christ. We don’t influence our society’s belief at the ballot box, but rather on our knees and at the homeless shelter. Or perhaps by lovingly embracing a woman who undoubtedly made the most difficult decision of her life, to terminate pregnancy. These are the weapons of our warfare. But we’ve abandoned them, or at least have relegated them inferior in might to our vote.
The next president you elect will evidently be incapable of inspiring moral behavior in our country. I don’t expect them to, with the constraints imposed by our carnal governmental system. I expect that he/she upholds the constitution and protects American interest and position in the world. My vote will be cast for the candidate I feel is most likely and capable of fulfilling that obligation. I will not be manipulated by either of their empty promises to uphold moral
principals (e.g. abortion, gay marriage, etc) – neither of them can or will. As society declines in its moral turpitude the laws, by necessity, will reflect the moral stance of the people. Let us rather focus our efforts of promoting Christian values and godliness toward the general population and expect our leaders to govern accordingly. Until then we will continue to be disappointed by limitations of our elected officials.
Dr. Williams is a board certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat Physician) in Nashville, TN where he opened his surgical practice, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of Nashville.
In addition to his establishing his private surgical practice on the campus of Southern Hills Medical Center, he is also an adjunct assistant professor at Meharry Medical College and founded the Voice Care Center of Nashville, where he specializes in treating and preventing voice problems in Christian and Gospel music artists.
As an independent gospel recording artist himself, Dr. Williams has a keen insight to not only the medical and surgical implications of voice disturbances, but also the many spiritual impacts.
During his medical school training, Williams wrestled with the possible demands that his future medical career (neurosurgery or cardiac surgery at that time) would preclude his ability to effectively develop the ministry he’d been called into. While completing his Ph.D. studies, a colleague suggested Otolaryngology.